I'm not saying this ironically, I promise, but New Mexico is so magical. There are a few experiences that I've had in my lifetime where I have felt like magic is real. Sitting on the edge of the Grand Canyon, flying over the ocean with no land in sight for hours, and of course when reading Harry Potter. Still waiting for my letter to Hogwarts after all these years.
But there has never been a land where I've had as many magical experiences as New Mexico. One of my magical experiences was riding the Sandia Tram, which I've done a few times now. I haven't gotten a chance to do it since they installed the new tram cars in May, but I'm sure it's even better.
There is hardly anything better than looking down and seeing a mountain passing beneath your feet. I'm not quite brave enough yet to hang glide, but I'm going to pretend that riding the Tram is like a slower, less adrenaline-pumping version of that. It's an awesome way to see the mountain and the forest, especially for those who aren't up for the steep 7-mile hike that is the La Luz trail. I've put myself through that hike three times now and it is a great feeling getting to the top, but my legs hate me on the way up. Major props to the people who run their way up the mountain.
Another amazing thing about the Tram is the technology of it. Maybe it's geeky, but that's part of the magic for me. A lot of people put a lot of work into making the Tram function as smoothly and as long as it has. The line from bottom to top of the mountain is so exact and the towers have anchors that are drilled 30 feet into the mountain. Pretty impressive piece of architecture.
If you haven't ridden it, I highly recommend it. Plus, it's a pretty great view when you get to the top. If you've ridden on the new tram cars, I would love to hear if they're very much different. As always, let me know!